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agile researchSerena Software has conducted a survey of IT professionals that focused on the current state of agile software development, the results of which came to light today. The research centered on what is working with regards to agile development methodology, the extent of agile adoption in enterprise IT organisations today, biggest challenges and more. The key findings revealed that development teams have united on agile practices, but lack the communication with customers, operations and other development teams, which slow projects and agile success.

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agile estimationScaling Agile practices is a special challenge in itself. Practices do tend to get complicated when multiple teams work in tandem on various projects and programs. This paper address one issue that often has a high-impact on tracking scaled Agile projects. The focus of this paper is the way the velocity gets tracked across multiple teams working in the same program.

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serenaTraditional Business Intelligence (BI) tools installation and operation has never been easy to produce intuitive and interactive dashboards for intelligence reports. This can take months to deploy or have complex license models. However new Serena IT Dashboard appears to provide key performance indicators (KPIs) and dashboards that are specifically designed for application life-cycle management (ALM) and IT Service Management (ITSM) processes for the benefit of the organizations.

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collabnetMost of the enterprises are adopting lean methods as never before to not just achieve maximum value but cut software development wastes along with equipping themselves to react to change quick enough. Project management tools to that effect also had to scale up to address such a change of delivery framework. Scrum and Kanban have become the go to framework as we speak and this is where CollabNet has focussed its new release of its agile software. The new ScrumworksPro 6.0 comes with complete support for managing “Kanban,” a continuous process method rooted in Lean software development, and the ability to manage both Scrum and Kanban teams from a single tool to increase productivity, reduce costs and improve visibility.

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Teambox which was available till now under the Affero GPL 3 license, the code for which can be found in Github has been totally reinvented after it crossed 150.000 as Teambox4. Teambox4 which was in beta phase till now, has been officially released few days back. The commercial Teambox version 4, which is no longer open source is built to serve millions of users and supersedes its previous versions in terms of speed and ease of use.

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saas.pngSaaS based solutions have become the preferred choice of the customers today. Capital Expenditure (Capex) and Operational Expenditure (Opex) savings attract the customers towards SaaS based solutions. There are huge savings in terms of upfront investments and deployment time to reach out the solution that is required. No maintenance overheads, no software installations, only a browser and Internet connection are what are required to avail the required services and keep them going.

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skireJust when i thought the buying spree will end somewhere from Oracle, it seems to have just started this year. Oracle now acquires substantially all of the assets of Skire, a leading provider of capital program management and facilities management applications available on the cloud and on-premise. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and approvals and is expected to close in the second half of 2012.

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JetBrains_YouTrackJetBrains, the company behind many products like TeamCity(continuous integration) and quite a few IDE's like IntelliJ IDEA, dotCover etc., have recently launced new release of YouTrace 4. There are quite a few major enhancement done to the product which are agile friendly. Teams can customize the workflow based on their needs.

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leankitDo you find Portfolio and Project management difficult to blend in with lean and agile techniques? If yes then you definitely should try out LeanKit Kanban. With its recent ground breaking release specifically focusing around portfolio and project management at multiple levels and giving handle to users to drill down as necessary into kanban boards along with roll-up lean metrics, Leankit has demonstrated its prowess with kanban tools space.

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AMLOrganizations need to continuously deliver high quality, innovative, complex applications quickly for hybrid and cloud environments. The development of applications these days is not an easy affair as it involves complex hybrid processes, tools, clouds and most importantly a lot of repetition of steps in purview of adoption of Agile methodology. Managing so much complexity is not easy. The ALM tools play a crucial role here by increasing collaboration between globally distributed development, testing, infrastructure and operations teams throughout the ALM cycle involving planning, coding, tracking, building and testing, lab management, release and report.

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